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1. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

If you want to get a window seat on a long flight should you phone the travel agency beforehand or ask at the desk when you check in? Also is it worth asking for free upgrade? does anyone ever get one?

2. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

The seating arrangements on aircraft are determined when you check in. You can do this online with many airlines now through their website. Alternatively, you can also do this when you arrive at the check in at the airport.

Having a window seat isn't an upgrade requiring more money, or frequent flyer points, or anything else. Some people like window seats because they can look out the window. Other people like isle seats so they can easily get up, walk around and go to the washrooms. I've had both seating arrangements. Personally, for longer flights I like the isle seats and get up.

3. Posted by John999181 (Full Member 41 posts) 9y

Normally, when you ask the travel agents for such seat requests, they say that they will request it for you by putting a note on their system, though they can't guarentee it. Your best bet is to check in on-line, depending on who you are flying with, as you sometimes get the feature of actually being able to choose your seat before you even leave the house.

I was upgraded when I flew to China earlier in the year and I didn't even know, so I couldn't really appreciate it. I did realise the extra leg space, the more comfy seat and that it recline back futher than previous flights, though I thought it was the new way of flying with BA. Ha ha. It wasn't until I was flying home, when I by-passed the seats I was in on my way there, and to the back of the plane to the economy seats where I was sat in a centre row between 2 people with very little leg room.

4. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

alwaya ask at the desk with a smile !

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Ask your travel agent or call the airline and requiest to have your seat pre-assigned to be a window seat. Depending on the fare class of the ticket, you may or may not be able to do this.

If you can't get your seat pre-assigned, the best thing to do is to check in as early as possible. Depending on the airline and destination, you might be able to do this online, usually 24 hours before the flight departs. Check the website of the airline you are flying for details of online checkin.

If you can't check in online, then show up to the airport early to get your seat.

As for the upgrade, you can ask, but I don't think the travel agent will be able to do anything for you. Unless you are a high status member of the frequent flyer program for the airline you are flying, upgrades are given prior to the departure of the flight, usually 1 hour to 20 minutes before departure. Every airline has different rules, and there is a certain amount of discretion that the gate agents have, but in general they upgrade people based on how often they fly with that airline and how much the ticket cost. Flights that are "oversold" (i.e. the airline has sold more tickets than their are seats on the plane) have a better chance of getting you an upgrade, though you are also competeing with a lot more people.

Best of luck with your flights.

Greg

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Check in early and you can usually have your pick of seat :) Just ask the ground staff checking you in. If you dont ask, they usually just assign you a seat wherever...

As for upgrades, if you are a frequent flyer you stand a better chance. Failing that, dress really well, and if the plane is overloaded in economy, the staff quietly select "appropriate passenegers" at check-in amd mark them off as people to approach later to offer an upgrade. You need to cut the mustard though to be offered a place in Business or First, so if you really think it's worth it then bring you best suit and get gussied up. ;)

A good way to approach the whole thing is to casually as your check-in agent "What's the loading looking like today" *best to assume a knowledge tone for this* If they then say that it's looking pretty full, you might then give your most winning smile and say "Maybe you'd consider me for an upgrade if economy fills up" . Dont wait for an answer and depart with a conspiratorial wink. ;)

It has been known to work!

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

Quoting samsara2

A good way to approach the whole thing is to casually as your check-in agent "What's the loading looking like today" *best to assume a knowledge tone for this* If they then say that it's looking pretty full, you might then give your most winning smile and say "Maybe you'd consider me for an upgrade if economy fills up" . Dont wait for an answer and depart with a conspiratorial wink. ;)

It has been known to work!

Now this sounds like a good idea. Even if I don't get the upgrade at least I get to flirt with the check in girl (unless its a man then just a firm handshake will suffice).

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

9. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

As i like to make the most of the free drinks, i tend to go for an aisle seat, as it's less hassle for my frequent toilet trips!!

I had the ultimate upgrade once. Got drunk once with the 747 pilot who was flying me home the next day and got upgraded to the cockpit of a 747. Sat in the jump seat behind the pilot. Views were brilliant, but it wasn't the most convenient place to sleep so i headed off back to my original seat after an hour or so. I was in economy but got spoilt rotten in between snoozes.

10. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Like someone else mentioned if a travel agent does something like this it is only putting a request in to the airline but can not be guarenteed. About the only way you can guarentee it is by being a gold or platinum card holder of the airlines frequent flyer membership program and requesting such a service. Even on those airlines that let you choose your seating allocation when booking online, the seat you choose is not guarenteed but just requested. I once chose an aisle seat in row 6 on a local airline and ended up getting allocated a seat right up the back. Another time when I checked the seating availability it showed the whole front row on both sides was fully taken so I was planning to settle for about row 12 with a window seat. When I boarded I checked the boarding pass to see where I was sitting and I was seated on row 1 and it turned out that I had the whole front row to myself! Obviously this was not a full service airline that has business class, but a budget airline which just meant I got a little more leg room and have my carry on baggage in the over head locker instead of under the seat like it would normally have gone.

Best way I find is just turn up to the airport before check in opens for your flight so that you are either the first or one of the first in line. This will mean you will have more opportunity to get a window seat should others have already been allocated them correctly.

Can't comment for the upgrades, I'm just satisfied with the economy class. Would be good though to get an upgrade to business class on emirates though (don't like me chances) or better still be upgraded to business class when the A380 start operating.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 9, 2007, at 3:15 AM by aharrold45 ]